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Independence Grove Marina


Season Schedule :: Closed for the Season


  • Marina is open 6:30 am–one hour before sunset. Marina is subject to unscheduled closings due to weather and conditions.
  • Preserve is open 6:30 am–sunset, daily.

The Marina at Independence Grove

Whether you want to fish, paddle solo or take the family for a bike or boat ride, the marina at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville has a variety of bikes, boats and other small watercraft to choose from. The marina also sells bait, tackle, fishing licenses, snacks and beverages. The marina is located along the south bay of the preserve's 115-acre lake.

Though personal watercraft are not allowed on the lake at Independence Grove, you can rent fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, and pedal boats. You can also rent comfort bikes, quadracycles and adaptive trikes. Approved flotation gear and bike helmets are provided with use.

Must be age 16 or older to reserve boats or bikes. Ages 12–15 may reserve with a signature of a parent or guardian who is present at the preserve. Ages 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult when on the water. There are no age restrictions for passengers.

With the exception of service animals, dogs, horses and other pets are not permitted in this preserve.

Boat & Bike Use Fees –– Gift Cards Available

Boat Rentals (available seasonally)
Fishing   2 hours Each additional hour
12-foot row boat $14 $5
14-foot row boat $17 $7
Trolling motor $12 $6
Small watercraft 1 hour Each additional hour
Pedal boat $11 $6
Canoe $10 $5
Kayak, 1-person $10 $5
Kayak, 2-person $12 $6
Stand up paddleboard $20  
Pontoon 1 hour 2 hours
Pedal pontoon boat, seats 6–8 $45 $80
Seat cushions $2  
Bike Rentals (available seasonally)                             
Bikes and trikes                     Per hour                                   
Quadracycle $25
Comfort bike $8
Adaptive trike $8
Available upon request:
Quickie Mach II hand-powered tricycle and Versa-Trike recumbent bike.

Group Use

Groups of 15 or more, visiting Monday–Friday, can reserve boats and bikes in advance to assure that equipment is available upon arrival.

Regular boat and bike use fees above apply. Group rentals may include reserved use of a large covered picnic area with tables, which makes a great gathering place for snacks or lunch, and free bus or van parking without residency requirement.

How to Reserve
Group use reservations are required and must be made at least 10 days or more in advance so that we can ensure proper staffing and equipment. Email or call Independence Grove at 847-968-3499.


Reserve Pontoon Boat for your Summer Concert Cruise

Enjoy our Events in the Plaza summer concerts while cruising the lake aboard a pedal pontoon boat available for use on concert nights. It's a great way to enjoy live music on the lake at sunset. For a deluxe concert rental experience, add a wine and cheese plate. Advance reservations are required. Stop by the marina or call 847-968-3499 for details or to reserve.



We've transformed a sterile quarry with step sides into a rich aquatic ecosystem with gently graded slopes and underwater islands. Musky, northern pike, black crappie, largemouth bass, channel catfish, walleye, bluegill and yellow perch are found here. Game fish are periodically stocked. Fishing is not permitted in the preserve's south bay.

A mandatory catch-and-release fishing program here makes it recreational for anglers and beneficial for nature. Anglers are encouraged to use barbless, non-stainless steel hooks. State fishing licenses are required and are available at the marina, along with nightcrawlers and a limited stock of tackle. The marina also sells snacks and beverages.

Canoe Launch

Bring your own canoe or kayak and launch it on the Des Plaines River. Located near the preserve's North Bay Pavilion, the launch offers shoreline fishing, a trail connection to the Des Plaines River Trail and parking. If you put in here, the next ramp, Oak Spring Road Canoe Launch, is 2.7 miles downstream. Learn more »


Free for Lake County residents. Driver's license is required for proof of residency.
$5 per car for nonresidents, Mon–Thu, $10 Fri–Sun and holidays
During Events in the Plaza summer music series, June–August:
$6 per car after 5 pm on concert days (Tuesdays, rain or shine) for concertgoers and all other preserve visitors. Cars are turned away when parking is full.
Vehicle window sticker available
$5 for Lake County residents only. Purchase at Visitors Center.
Sticker allows visitors to bypass showing the required proof of county residency on each visit. Just point out your sticker to the gate attendant to be waved through. Sticker is good for the life of the vehicle's window and is not transferable. It is not valid after 5 pm on Events in the Plaza concert nights.


Independence Grove Forest Preserve
16400 West Buckley Road | Libertyville, IL 60048
847-968-3499 | 847-968-3259 fax

Buy a Gift Card

They never expire and can be used for beach admission, umbrella and chair rentals, boat and bike rentals, and parking fee for nonresidents.

Buy online or at the Visitors Center. Cannot be used for merchandise or permits.


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